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Crossroads School, Hoover City Schools
Grade(s): 9 - 12
Scenario: Computers in Classroom
Purpose: Special Education, Intervention
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 75%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 1.5 hours per week, 20 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Essential Mathematics (with QuickTables), Foundations of High School Math
Ann Glass, Instructional Support Teacher
ALEKS has been a good experience. The students actually like to work in ALEKS, unlike some of the other software I have tried.
What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
We are a small alternative school so we have one teacher for each subject. As a result, time to provide individualized math help from the math teacher was a challenge. Now that help is embedded in the program, and I don't have to bother the math teachers for additional instruction.
How many days per week is class time dedicated to ALEKS?
3 days per week.
What is the average length of a class period when ALEKS is used?
How do you implement ALEKS?
I enrolled our students who have learning disabilities in math, and got them started in ALEKS.
Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
We dedicate three days per week to ALEKS.
How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
I no longer have to search the world over for math remediation programs.
How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
No. I have students use ALEKS at school, so I can make sure they are actually working.
How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
I send reports home to the parents.
Is ALEKS assigned to your students as all or part of their homework responsibilities? If so, what part of the total homework load is it?
No, I do not assign ALEKS for homework.
How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
ALEKS progress is 75 percent of the final grade.
Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
No. Since we are dealing with disabled students, they may not be able to make timely progress. I require them to work hard and re-do things that they do not understand, rather than just pick a different part of the pie to work in. We usually start with the pie slice with the highest percent completion, and work in that before moving on to another area of the pie.
Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
After using ALEKS, one student is now working in a regular education class without support from a Special Education teacher. Another student is now within a few points of passing the Graduation Exam. The students feel like they have to work hard and it is labor intensive, but when they see results they are excited.
Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
I recommend keeping detailed print-outs to show progress toward Individualized Education Plan (IEP) goals. It is so easy to document IEP goal progress with ALEKS.